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A MAN WORTH ROOTING FOR
Leigh Montville
December 30, 1996
The entire family came into the home during the World Series. Your home. My home. Everybody's home. One day Joe Torre was just another name out there on the broad sports landscape. Used to be a catcher, right? Used to manage the St. Louis Cardinals, right? Now, as the manager of the New York Yankees, he was sitting at the dinner table every night.
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December 30, 1996

A Man Worth Rooting For

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"Never even been in one before."

This was a pause in the technobabble, relief from the glossy production values of sports in the 1990s. Real people suddenly were involved. There was someone to care about, to root for. As the Yanks chugged along to their improbable Series win in six games over the omnipotent Atlanta Braves, as Frank received a heart and Sister Marguerite prayed, there was a chance to plug into the drama on a fine human level.

You enjoy yourself at the celebration, Joe. We'll be waving to you.

"I'll wave back."

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